Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 4th, 2018
Love... Is Deep
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.
Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord... They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water... Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)
In God's Word, people are compared to trees: healthy or rotting, fruitful or barren, tasty or tasteless.

In addition, people are compared to buildings: light-filled or darkened, solid or shaky, pristene or dirty.

Because at first glance, bad trees and houses can look good. Therefore, we must go deep to judge the root or foundation.

In human terms, the root or foundation is the heart. If love isn't there, neither is Jesus. The Rx for new or superficial saints?

1) Water the root of love by prayer and praise. Strengthen it by plenty of Sun-Light (Bible time).

2) Build on foundation of love by godly fellowship. Strengthen it by discipleship under Christ-like mentors.

Deep love stands strong in life's storms.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Deep (Part 35)

* Thought Provoking Excerpt from Christianity Today: 'Deep Calls Out to Deep, but I Long to Stay Shallow':

'To stay in God's presence is like swimming in the ocean. Immense. Frightening. Powerful. Beautiful. Where deep calls to deep. Where answers don't come easily. Where pain is exposed rather than covered over. Where healing requires transformation.'

'I think the reason I gravitate toward sugar and fluff, and the reason my kids do, and the reason our culture does, is that we want to avoid the dangerous truth that God is God and we are not. Whether it's food, chitchat, hours on Pinterest, or watching mindless television, we have constructed countless ways to avoid looking at the mess and brokenness within our souls.'

'We live in a world where it is easy to avoid the hard questions, to ignore our own selfishness, to fill our days with busy but meaningless activity. Deep calls out to deep, but sometimes I long to stay shallow.'

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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